Odds are, every woman out there has at one time said to herself, “What’s going on with the smells down there?” When it come to the vagina, there are several things that can have an effect on the odor and taste.
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that it is normal for the vagina to have a smell and taste. It is a body part! And this particular one has nearby sweat glands, changes with hormonal differences, and – let’s be honest – there’s a lot going on down there!
Second, it’s good to keep a good relationship with your lady parts. Know the smells and even ask your partner about the taste. This is the only way you will understand what’s normal for you, and if anything you try brings improvement (or causes decline) to taste and smell. If you or your partner notice a particularly strong odor or taste, this could be a sign of a vaginal infection and you want to have this checked out.
But for now, here are some ideas and information on optimizing the fragrance and flavor of your flower:
Female Hygiene is First
Your vagina is most affected by how clean it is, and how it is cleaned.
- Keep the area clean through your normal cleaning regimen, but you might also consider using a different soap on the vaginal exterior (washing inside the vagina can mess with your Ph balance and cause infection and irritation) than you use on the rest of the body. Use mild soaps with no perfumes or dyes.
- Rinse, rinse, rinse! Rinsing with extra water helps clear the area of extra build-up and discharge, and can leave the vagina smelling fresh.
- Consider shaving. Pubic hair is a trap for sweat and dirt, and can hold odors. You don’t have to completely shave the hair off to see improvement; just consider grooming.
Diet Determines Feminine Odor and Taste…Somewhat
They say, “You are what you eat,” and to some extent that is true. What you choose to eat definitely has some effect on the smell and taste of the vagina.
- It’s important to remember that every woman’s body is different. So some women will see huge differences form dietary changes, while others may not notice a difference at all.
- Foods that have a negative effect on odor and taste: Alcohol, garlic, onions, cauliflower, asparagus, cabbage, red meat, dairy, and broccoli.
- Foods that have a positive effect on odor and taste: Citrus fruits, like pineapple and grapefruit; berries; bananas; and almonds.
- Eat yogurt regularly. Yogurt that contains live cultures helps restore PH-balance and fight infection.
Extra Tips and Advice for Good Vaginal Aroma
- Smoking is bad all around. But it can also cause unpleasant vaginal odor and taste.
- There are all-natural supplements for increasing a pleasant odor and taste of your nether regions. They are generally a combination of fruits, seed oils, cinnamon, and/or ginger. As with other dietary options, results vary.
- Drink plenty of water. Water keeps you hydrated, and flushes toxins that can cause odor.
- Douches and scented sprays are NOT recommended. Both can throw off Ph balance, and have even been known to create health issues.
As women, we just have to understand that the hoo ha is going to have a smell and taste. That is normal. But there’s nothing wrong with trying to increase it from tolerable to pleasant! So groom away, eat some pineapple, and drink water. You just might find life – and your vagina – are a little bit sweeter.